The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.
On August 16, 2021, a representative of Box, Inc. (the “Company”)
sent an email to the Company’s employees in connection with the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. A copy of such
communication can be found below.
From: Dylan Smith
Subject: Upcoming Annual Meeting – Reminder to Vote BLUE
Hey Boxers –
I wanted to reach out again to remind you to vote the
card in connection with our upcoming Annual Meeting. For those of you who are stockholders, we recognize that you’ve received a
lot of materials over the last few weeks. This will continue until the September 9 meeting – s o on behalf of Aaron and myself, thank
you for your participation in the vote!
We know the mechanics to vote your shares may seem confusing, but voting
is really pretty easy and quick. Mainly, you’ll just want to make sure that you are voting using the
proxy card, whether
you are voting online, by telephone or by mail. Depending on how you hold your shares (through a broker or in registered name), the online
voting sites can look a little different from one another – just be sure your site references the
proxy card or “Management.”
I also want to reiterate a few key points when it comes to voting:
Only your latest-dated proxy counts. That means that if you inadvertently vote using the White proxy card, you can simply change your
vote by voting again using the
proxy card. If you are not sure whether you have voted using the
proxy card, there
is no harm in voting again. Again, only your latest-dated proxy counts.
If you have any additional questions or need assistance in voting your shares, please call our proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A
Incorporated, 1 (877) 750-8233 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 (412) 232-3651 (from other locations).
Each and every one of us are working with passion to create value for our
customers and for Box stockholders. This is why our Board and leadership team continue to strongly believe it is in the best interest
of our company – and for all of us who care so much about Box – to
. You have an important voice and
we want it to be heard.
Thank you again for your support!
Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
Box has filed a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy
Statement”), an accompanying BLUE proxy card and other relevant documents with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies
from Box stockholders for Box’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. BOX STOCKHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ BOX’S
DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO), ACCOMPANYING BLUE PROXY CARD AND ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED
WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and
stockholders may obtain a copy of the Proxy Statement, an accompanying BLUE proxy card, any amendments or supplements to the Proxy Statement
and other documents that Box files with the SEC at no charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available
at no charge in the “SEC Filings” subsection of the “Financial Information” section of Box’s Investor Relations
website at www.boxinvestorrelations.com or by contacting Box’s Investor Relations department at email@example.com, as soon as reasonably
practicable after such materials are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
The Company also updated its website VoteBlueforBox.com, which contains
information relating to the Company’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. The website will be regularly updated with relevant information
for stockholders. The below screenshots reflect the updated website content:
Preliminary Fiscal Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Revenue, GAAP and Non-GAAP Operating Margin Results Exceed Previous Guidance
GAAP and N
on-GAAP Operating Margin Guidance for the Fiscal Year
Repurchased $297 Million of Class A Common Stock
Including Modified Dutch Auction Tender
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - August
12, 2021 -
Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX),
the leading Content Cloud
announced preliminary financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, which ended July 31, 2021, and provided guidance for
the third quarter and full-year fiscal 2022.
“Our strong second quarter
preliminary results reflect the acceleration we are continuing to see across the business and we are raising our outlook for the full
fiscal year,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “Customers are recognizing the strategic importance of our comprehensive
Content Cloud, as reflected in our Net Retention Rate of 106%, up 300 basis points from the first quarter. We were pleased to close 133
new deals over $100K in the first half of fiscal 2022, up 28% year over year. We also continued to deliver on our long-term vision for
the Content Cloud with the launch of Box Sign, adding native e-signature capability to our platform. We are extending our
position in cloud content management and driving our next phase of growth and value creation through the rest of fiscal 2022 and beyond.”
Fiscal Second Quarter 2022 Preliminary
approximately $214 million, up 11% year-over-year
, as compared to guidance of $211 million to $212 million, representing two consecutive quarters of accelerating revenue growth rates;
GAAP operating margin of approximately negative 3%, as compared to guidance of a negative 5% to negative 4.5%;
Non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 20%, as compared to guidance of 18% to 18.5%;
Billings of approximately $213 million, up 13% year-over-year, as compared to guidance of mid-single digit growth year-over-year;
Net Retention Rate of approximately 106%, up sequentially from 103% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022;
An attach rate of over 70% on Suites in deals over $100K, up from a 49% attach rate in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and a 45% attach rate in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021; and
As of August 11, 2021, since the completion of the Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer, repurchased 2.5 million shares of Class A common stock at a weighted average price of $23.68, for a total of $59 million.
For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics
discussed in this press release, please see the section titled, “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Metrics,”
and the reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures and certain key metrics to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures at
the end of this press release.
Box is also today initiating Q3 FY22
revenue, GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP operating margin guidance, and is updating full year FY22 revenue, GAAP operating margin and
non-GAAP operating margin guidance. The company will provide additional guidance when it reports full fiscal second quarter 2022 financial
results on August 25, 2021.
Q3 FY22 Guidance:
Revenue is expected to be in the range of $218 million to $219 million, up 11% to 12% year-over-year, representing the third quarter of continued revenue growth acceleration;
GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately negative 3.5%; and
Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 20%.
Full Year FY22 Guidance:
Revenue is expected to be in the range of $856 million to $860 million, up 11% year-over-year, an increase over previous guidance of $845 million to $853 million and a revenue growth acceleration over the prior year;
GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately negative 3.0%, an improvement over previous guidance of negative 4%;
Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 19.5%, an increase over previous guidance of 18% to 18.5%; and
FY22 revenue growth rate combined with FY22 free cash flow margin is expected to be at least 32%, an increase over previous guidance of at least 30%.
All forward-looking non-GAAP financial
measures contained in this section titled “Outlook” exclude estimates for stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets
amortization and fees related to shareholder activism.
Update on Share Repurchase Plan
On July 9, 2021, the Board of Directors authorized a $260 million Share
Repurchase Plan, utilizing the unused portion of the $500 million intended for the Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer to opportunistically
repurchase additional shares of Box’s Class A common stock. As of August 11, 2021, the company had repurchased 2.5 million shares
of its Class A common stock at a weighted average price of $23.68, for a total of $59 million under this Plan. Combined with the Modified
Dutch Auction Tender, the company had repurchased a total of 11.8 million shares of Class A common stock for a total of $297 million.
Earnings Webcast and Conference
As previously announced, Box’s
management team will host a conference call on August 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM (PT) / 5:00 PM (ET) to discuss Box’s financial results,
business highlights and future outlook. A live audio webcast of this call will be available through Box’s Investor Relations website
for a period of 90 days after the date of the call.
The conference call can be accessed by registering online at http://www.directeventreg.com/registration/event/4886758,
at which time registrants will receive dial-in information as well as a passcode and registrant ID. A telephonic replay of the call will
be available approximately two hours after the call and will run for one week. The replay can be accessed by dialing:
+ 1-800-585-8367 (U.S. and Canada), conference ID: 4886758
+ 1-416-621-4642 (international), conference ID: 4886758
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks,
uncertainties, and assumptions, including statements regarding (a) Box being well positioned to continue building on its leadership and
drive its next phase of growth and value creation through the rest of fiscal 2022 and beyond, and (b) all of the statements under the
“Outlook” section regarding Box’s expected revenues, GAAP operating margins and non-GAAP operating margins for the third
quarter and full year of fiscal 2022, and Box’s expectations regarding its revenue growth rate combined with free cash flow margin
for the full year of fiscal 2022. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
statements made in this press release, including: (1) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions, including those caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (3) factors related to Box’s highly competitive
market, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors and new applications and marketing
initiatives by Box’s current or future competitors; (4) the development of the cloud content management market; (5) the risk that
Box’s customers do not renew their subscriptions, expand their use of Box’s services, or adopt new products offered by Box
on a timely basis, or at all; (6) Box’s ability to provide timely and successful enhancements, integrations, new features and modifications
to its platform and services; (7) actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in Box’s services or any breaches of Box’s
security controls; (8) Box’s ability to realize the expected benefits of its third-party partnerships; (9) the potential impact
of shareholder activism on Box’s business and operations; and (10) Box’s ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses
and achieve the expected benefits from those acquisitions. In addition, although the preliminary financial results set forth in this press
release have been prepared on a consistent basis with prior periods, these preliminary estimates are based solely upon information available
to management as of the date of this press release. Box is completing its financial closing procedures for the three months ended July
31, 2021, and the preliminary financial results set forth in this press release could differ materially from the amounts that Box ultimately
reports on August 25, 2021 and in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2021.
Additional information on potential factors that could affect Box’s
financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings Box makes with the Securities and Exchange
Commission from time to time, including the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2021. These documents
are available on the SEC Filings section of Box’s Investor Relations website located at www.box.com/investors. Box does not assume
any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events that occur or circumstances
that exist after the date on which they were made.
About Non-GAAP Financial
Measures and Other Key Metrics
To supplement Box’s consolidated
financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, Box provides investors with certain non-GAAP financial
measures and other key metrics, including non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP
net income (loss) per share, billings, remaining performance obligations, and free cash flow. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial
measures and key metrics is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information
prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics, please see
the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures and certain key metrics to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures at
the end of this press release.
Box uses these non-GAAP financial
measures and key metrics for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Box’s
management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics provide meaningful supplemental information regarding Box’s
performance by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of Box’s recurring core business operating results. Box believes
that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics in assessing Box’s
performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics also facilitate
management's internal comparisons to Box’s historical performance as well as comparisons to Box’s competitors' operating results.
Box believes these non-GAAP financial measures and key metrics are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency
with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by Box’s institutional
investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of Box’s business.
A limitation of non-GAAP financial
measures and key metrics is that they do not have uniform definitions. Further, Box’s definitions will likely differ from the definitions
used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore comparability may be limited. Thus, Box’s non-GAAP financial measures
and key metrics should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance
with GAAP. Additionally, in the case of stock-based compensation expense, if Box did not pay a portion of compensation in the form of
stock-based compensation expense, the cash salary expense included in cost of revenue and operating expenses would be higher, which would
affect Box’s cash position.
A preliminary reconciliation of non-GAAP operating margin guidance to GAAP
operating margin guidance is not currently available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort. Box will provide a reconciliation
of non-GAAP operating margin guidance to GAAP operating margin guidance when it reports its full fiscal second quarter 2022 financial
results on August 25, 2021.
Non-GAAP operating income (loss)
and non-GAAP operating margin.
Box defines non-GAAP operating income (loss) as operating income (loss) excluding expenses related
to stock-based compensation (“SBC”), intangible assets amortization, and as applicable, other special items. Non-GAAP operating
margin is defined as non-GAAP operating income (loss) divided by revenue. Although SBC is an important aspect of the compensation of Box’s
employees and executives, determining the fair value of certain of the stock-based instruments Box utilizes involves a high degree of
judgment and estimation and the expense recorded may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the vesting or future exercise
of the related stock-based awards. Furthermore, unlike cash compensation, the value of stock options, which is an element of Box’s
ongoing stock-based compensation expense, is determined using a complex formula that incorporates factors, such as market volatility,
that are beyond Box’s control. For restricted stock unit awards, the amount of stock-based compensation expenses is not reflective
of the value ultimately received by the grant recipients. Management believes it is useful to exclude SBC in order to better understand
the long-term performance of Box’s core business and to facilitate comparison of Box’s results to those of peer companies.
Management also views amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, such as the amortization of the cost associated with an acquired
company’s developed technology and trade names, as items arising from pre-acquisition activities determined at the time of an acquisition.
While these intangible assets are continually evaluated for impairment, amortization of the cost of purchased intangibles is a static
expense that is not typically affected by operations during any particular period. Furthermore, Box excludes the following expenses as
they are considered by management to be special items outside of Box’s core operating results: (1) fees related to shareholder activism,
which include directly applicable third-party advisory and professional service fees, (2) expenses related to certain litigation, (3)
expenses associated with restructuring activities, consisting primarily of severance and other personnel-related costs, and (4) expenses
related to announced acquisitions, including transaction and discrete tax costs. There are no expenses related to litigation excluded
from non-GAAP operating income (loss) in any of the periods presented.
Non-GAAP net income (loss) and
non-GAAP net income (loss) per share.
Box defines non-GAAP net income (loss) as GAAP net income (loss) excluding expenses related
to SBC, intangible assets amortization, and as applicable, other special items as described in the preceding paragraph. In January 2021,
Box issued $345 million aggregate principal amount of 0.00% convertible senior notes due in 2026 (the “Notes”). Upon issuance,
Box recorded a debt discount for the conversion feature of the Notes, separately accounted for as equity, which was amortized as interest
expense together with the issuance costs of the Notes. Box excluded the amortization of the debt discount and issuance costs associated
with the Notes, in addition to the expenses described above, as they are considered by management to be special items outside of Box’s
core operating results. Box adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2020-06
, Debt - Debt with Conversion and Other
Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivative and Hedging - Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40)
, effective February
1, 2021, and upon adoption, eliminated the debt discount for the conversion feature of the Notes. Box defines non-GAAP net income (loss)
per share as non-GAAP net income (loss) divided by the weighted-average outstanding shares.
. Billings reflect,
in any particular period, (1) sales to new customers, plus (2) subscription renewals and (3) expansion within existing customers, and
represent amounts invoiced for all products and professional services. Box calculates billings for a period by adding changes in deferred
revenue and contract assets in that period to revenue. Box believes that billings help investors better understand sales activity for
a particular period, which is not necessarily reflected in revenue as a result of the fact that Box recognizes subscription revenue ratably
over the subscription term. Box considers billings a significant performance measure. Box monitors billings to manage the business, make
planning decisions, evaluate performance and allocate resources. Box believes that billings offers valuable supplemental information regarding
the performance of the business and helps investors better understand the sales volumes and performance of the business. Although Box
considers billings to be a significant performance measure, Box does not consider it to be a non-GAAP financial measure because it is
calculated using exclusively revenue, deferred revenue, and contract assets, all of which are financial measures calculated in accordance
Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content
Cloud that enables organizations to accelerate business processes, power workplace collaboration, and protect their most valuable information,
all while working with a best-of-breed enterprise IT stack. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading organizations globally, including
AstraZeneca, JLL, and Morgan Stanley. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. To
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP
TO NON-GAAP DATA
Three Months Ended
Acquired intangible assets amortization
Fees related to shareholder activism
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